Eagles Rally Past Packers

The Packers lost their second straight home game this evening a late Eagles rally put the Pack on the wrong end of a 17-14 final score. Todd brings us game story, plus post-game quotes from Mike Sherman and Brett Favre.

GREEN BAY – Ahman Green set a single-game team rushing record, but the Green Bay Packers fumbled six times and had one pass intercepted as the Philadelphia Eagles rallied for a 17-14 victory Monday night at Lambeau Field.<p>

Donovan McNabb's 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Todd Pinkston with 27 seconds remaining lifted the Eagles (6-3) to their fourth straight victory. The Packers (4-5) lost their second straight at home and fell to 2-3. It is the first time the Packers have lost more than two home games since 1999 when they failed to qualify for the playoffs.<p>

Philadelphia improved to 22-5 away from home in the months of November and December since 2000. The Packers slipped to two games behind the NFC North Division-leading Minnesota Vikings (6-3).<p>

"The NFC is wide open," said Packers quarterback Brett Favre, who fumbled the ball four times while attempting to pass. "We're not out of it, but we are digging a hole. We're running out of games."

Favre played his second straight game with a plastic split to protect his broken right thumb that he injured Oct. 19 against St. Louis. But he nor Packers coach Mike Sherman used that as an excuse for the mishaps.

"The ball was slick and we did have a hard time gripping the ball," said Sherman.

Green finished with 192 yards rushing on 29 carries, breaking Dorsey Levens' team record of 190 yards set Nov. 23, 1997 in a win over the Dallas Cowboys. Green raced 45 yards on fourth-and-1 midway through the fourth quarter for the go-ahead touchdown to give the Packers a 14-10 lead on a rainy, cold night. Green also caught three passes for 32 yards.<p>

"I don't care what I do personally," said Green, who raised his rushing total to 1,063 yards. "It wasn't a victory."

The Packers defense stopped the Eagles on fourth-and-five from the Packers' 32 with 4:39 remaining in the game, but Green Bay's offense was unable to gain a first down in three plays and had to punt the ball away.<p>

McNabb, who passed for 178 of his 198 yards in the second half, quickly moved the Eagles into Packers' territory. His 20-yard pass to tight end Chad Lewis and six-yard scramble up the middle to the six set up the winning touchdown pass to Pinkston. Pinkston got open against reserve cornerback Bhawoh Jue, who was filling in for ex-Eagle Al Harris. Harris had to leave the game for that play because of leg cramps.<p>

The Packers got the ball back with 21 seconds left and moved to the Eagles' 42, but appropriately, Favre lost the ball on Green Bay's final play from scrimmage when he dropped back to pass, like on two other occasions in the game.<p>

"My hand felt fine," said Favre. "I'm not going to make any excuses."

McNabb gave the Eagles a 10-7 lead on a one-yard touchdown run with 9:22 left in the game. McNabb's 51-yard pass to wide receiver James Thrash set up the score by gently pushing off cornerback Mike McKenzie to catch McNabb's floating pass.<p>

Despite two first-half turnovers, the Packers took a 7-0 lead on Favre's screen pass to Green, who turned it into a 24-yard touchdown with 40 seconds left in the half.<p>

Green and Favre each fumbled twice in the wet and windy conditions. The Eagles recovered one of Green's fumbles but were not able to capitalize due to Green Bay's blitzing defense that pressured McNabb into completing just 3 of 11 passes for 28 yards.<p>

The Packers held the Eagles to 68 total first-half yards. Philadelphia was only able to convert 1 of 7 third-down conversions.<p>

Favre, who completed 6 of 11 passes for 58 yards in the first half, lost the ball while dropping back to pass on the first series of the game. Center Mike Flanagan recovered the loose ball but the Packers lost 19 yards. Early in the second quarter the ball popped out of Favre's hand as he set up to pass. That loose ball was recovered by offensive tackle Mark Tauscher for a six-yard loss.<p>

Ex-Packers linebacker Nate Wayne picked off a pass from Favre with one hand midway through the second quarter and returned it 26 yards to the Packers 34-yard line. But the Eagles were unable to move the ball, and David Akers' 47-yard field goal attempt was wide right.

Green rushed for 122 yards on 18 carries in the first half, the 21th time in his career that he has rushed for 100-plus yards and 20th as a Packer.<p>

Akers' 21-yard field goal early in the third quarter capped a 10-play, 52-yard drive that closed the Eagles to 7-3.<p>

Inactives: The following Packers were not on the 45-man game day roster: safety Curtis Fuller, linebacker Marcus Wilkins, offensive linemen Brennan Curtin and Marcus Spriggs, defensive tackles Terdell Sands and Kenny Peterson, and defensive end Jamal Reynolds. Craig Nall was the designated third quarterback.<p>

Extra points: Favre has thrown a touchdown pass in 18 consecutive game, tying the second-longest such streak in team history that he set over the 1997 and '98 seasons. The veteran quarterback started his 199th straight game overall, extending his own NFL record. ... By rushing for XXX yards, Green surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the fourth time in his career. Jim Taylor holds the Packers record with five 1,000-yard seasons. ... Ryan Longwell missed his first field goal attempt of the season – from 45 yards out with 2:21 left in the third quarter.

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